Champaign County is full of hidden gems and so much to discover. Whether you want to let the kids run off pent up energy, provide educational opportunities, or need a place to cool off, you can easily plan a fun-filled day or weekend on our Family Fun Trail. Pick up your passport at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau located at 127 W. Court St. in Urbana and enjoy quality family time together as you explore all of the stops on your journey! Once you have visited all the locations on the passport, return it to the Visitors Bureau to claim your prize! The passport will be active from June 1st to August 11th.
Berry's new venture is focusing on giving high school students the support and resources they need to keep their entrepreneurial spirit here in Champaign County.
Robin Henry of Junior Achievement has been working alongside Berry to establish the Entrepreneur Club of Champaign County. At the first meeting of new members, Henry said, "We are so excited to be a part of this project. It has been a need in our community for quite some time, and seeing that need being filled is extremely rewarding."
The new club's first meeting included a field trip to the newly renovated offices of Berry Digital Solutions, where members enjoyed coffee from The Spotted Owl Coffee Bar while brainstorming ideas on whiteboards throughout the space. Club members completed activities supplied by the local Junior Achievement chapter with a focus on entrepreneurship. The group ended their trip enjoying pizza from the rooftop at Urbana Brewing Company where they heard the story of how the new downtown business became a reality after years of planning.
Future meetings of the Entrepreneur Club of Champaign County hope to include more community support and stories from fellow entrepreneurs. Berry hopes the organization will grow and brainstorm future ideas to make money to support club initiatives and fund future business ideas.
"Ryan's energy around this project is what is going to keep the students engaged," said Patrick Johnson, Triad High School's Director of Academic Programs. "I didn't know what to expect at our first meeting, but I think everyone there agreed that it exceeded all of our expectations."
The new club hopes to meet once per month going forward. There are even plans for summer meetings, as well as appearances at future local events.
Urbana UMC Invites Everyone to Christmas Eve on Main Street Including Live Nativity, Caroling and Services
The celebration will begin from 6 to 7 p.m., with a live Nativity in front of the church, at 238 N. Main St., Urbana. All are invited to carol on the church steps and enjoy hot drinks, while viewing the live Nativity, which will include a cow, donkey, alpaca, camel, sheep and goats.
At 7 p.m. the celebration will move into the church for a family Christmas Eve service. The service will feature a Christmas kids’ choir and an interactive message for families.
At 11 p.m., the celebration will conclude with the traditional Christmas Eve candlelight and carols service.
Everyone is welcome, but if you can’t attend in person, the services will be livestreamed on Urbana UMC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel or from the church website, urbanaumc.com.
Offering collected at the Christmas Eve services will support three initiatives: